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healthy kids


anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatri- cian Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encour- age healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”


Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s oſten hard for parents to find


Healthy Weight Kids Food Choices that Prevent Obesity


by Amber Lanier Nagle


Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.


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n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic


levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent


between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate


physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family


time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too oſten, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “Te portions are more appropri- ate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.


Rethinking Family Plates


“A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Dae- mon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “Tey are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat


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